It’s pretty amazing how everything has come in at a different time this year. It doesn’t always happen that way. The potatoes are always one of the first things in the spring garden and I was pretty much done with them by the time the squash was ready to pick. This has been the best crop of squash I’ve ever gotten. I always figure that if I get about 50 packs or jars of something, that will give me enough to have it about once a week. That isn’t really true though because I probably start picking squash the first part of June and it produces well til the end of July so I really only need 10 months worth . . say 40 packs in order to have enough to have it once a week. I’ve put up well over 60 packs/jars . . some dehydrated and some in the freezer.
Now that the squash is starting to near its end, the tomatoes are producing like crazy. I had to can a batch of tomatoes while Chad and Nicole were here. Sunday after they left, I picked a 5 gallon bucket full of tomatoes and yesterday in between the rains, I picked another half bucket. They were wet so I spread them out on to dry til I can get them canned.
Yep, there’s a little squash on that towel too. It was going to be for dinner last night but I ended up picking more so I cooked what I had picked last night.
The ones above are mostly the heirloom tomatoes and I keep those separate so we can eat those. I’ll have to can some of them but they’re the best for slicing and eating.
In the early stages of this garden, I thought the tomatoes weren’t going to do much . . those late frosts really set them back, but if they keep it up, they’re going to give me the best crop of tomatoes I’ve had in a very long time. That may be a bad thing when I’m in the kitchen canning tomatoes for days on end.
I should can these today but some of them need to get a bit more ripe. I’m having to pick them greener than I usually do to keep the grasshoppers from ruining them.
So far, I’ve put up 26 quarts of tomatoes. The little cherry tomatoes don’t get canned . . those are for snacking! We love fresh tomatoes!